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Tour de Farms sets earlier date this year for biking tour

Posted on June 26, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — After running its bicycle tour of Addison County farms in September for many years, ACORN’s 10th annual Tour de Farms this year has been moved a month or so earlier.

The Tour, one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours, will be held Sunday, Aug. 6, in and around Bristol. This year’s route will follow 28 miles of rolling hills and backcountry roads through the Champlain Valley’s quintessential pastoral landscape.

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From cyberspace to city space; Online local-foods business to get Vergennes storefront

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In an era when many brick-and-mortar businesses are trying to create an Internet presence, a year-old Vergennes venture is working to reverse that trend — with help from an online fundraising site.

City couple Mona and Jon Sullivan has been operating their online local-food business, Provisionary, out of a 400-square-foot space at 7 South Maple St., just off Main Street.

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Tour de Farms hits the roads on Sept. 21

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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SHOREHAM — Delicious foods, delightful bicycling and spectacular scenery are in store for all who participate in the seventh annual Tour de Farms. Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, in Shoreham, the Tour de Farms offers a choice of two routes: a family-friendly 10-mile loop and a more challenging 30-mile loop. At frequent designated stops, family farmers will treat bicyclists to tasty samples of local foods such as apple cider and apples, maple walnuts and maple syrup, cheese, meatballs, potatoes, chicken and pork, baked goods and pies.

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Locally made lasagna comes from the heart

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — When Middlebury educator Priscilla Powers last year wrapped up her career at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center her retirement lasted all of five days.

“I left on a Friday and was back to work the next Wednesday,” Powers recalled with a smile.

But she doesn’t really consider her new career to be work.

Powers has swapped a classroom for her own kitchen, where she and son Ben have cooked up a premium lasagna enterprise that is starting to yield some tasty results in stores throughout the state.

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Grants for local apple, meat-cutting projects aims to fuel local foods movement

Posted on June 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers and Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — Nearly $100,000 in grants to two local apple operations announced last week, plus additional grants supporting meat-cutting and composting efforts, aim to help businesses cultivating the local foods market.

Ultimately, the awards through the highly competitive Working Lands Enterprise Fund should make locally grown and processed foods more readily available to Vermont consumers.

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College entrepreneur grows new business with unique product

Posted on December 13, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — They’re not jams because they’re savory, and they’re not quite chutneys because there is not much spice. So what exactly are the sauces that Suzanne Calhoun has been cooking up for the last eight months?

Calhoun, the Middlebury College student and Vermont native who last summer introduced the delicious, all-natural products as Suzanne’s Sweet Savories, is an avid gardener who began exploring sauce-making to preserve tomatoes from her family’s Jericho garden.

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The Vergennes Farmers' Market blossoms

Posted on August 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Farmers’ Market board members said the combination of a recruiting effort, a switch from Mondays to Thursdays and a little bit of momentum helped triple the number of vendors at the market in the past two years.

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Class cultivates food for thought

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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BRISTOL — Last week, through a muggy, overcast haze, science teacher Gabe Hamilton and his sophomore Biology of Foods class diligently tended the Mount Abraham Union High School garden.

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Summer volunteers tend school gardens

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY –– Many Addison County schools have gardens that supply food to their lunch programs and teach students about agriculture during the academic year.

However, over the summer vacation, when these gardens need the most care, students are at home.

Three local schools — Ferrisburgh Central School, Lincoln Community School and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center — have figured out how to address this issue, with solutions ranging from committees to parent involvement to partnering with youth day camps.

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